by Lauren Lagemann, Clopton Sophomore
Eight students from Clopton High School participated in the Youth in Government (YIG) simulation sponsored by the YMCA. Bowling Green High School students were also in attendance.
During this simulation, the participants spent three days in Jefferson City in order to get a hands-on look at how our government works.
Students had the choice of participating in the judicial, legislative, print press, or video media program. Upcoming juniors or seniors can also campaign for offices to be held at the next year’s convention.
According to the Missouri YMCA Youth in Government website, this program has been in effect since 1949. During that time, YIG has provided over 800 students each year “with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and experience democracy.”
This year was the first time students from Clopton High School were in attendance. The students chose to spread themselves out among all four programs offered.
In the judicial program, sophomores Lauren Lagemann, Caitlyn McGuire, Price Edminston, and Megan Dameron reviewed provided documents for a simulated court case and drafted arguments for both the plaintiff and the defendant.
Then, when they arrived at the convention, the students worked in pairs to present their prepared cases to a group of student judges.
After the prepared trials were over, the pairs were split up and the students were re-assigned with participants from other schools to draft arguments for a new trial. These presentations were also judged and certain teams went on to a semi-final round.
McGuire and her partner, and Dameron and her partner advanced to this round of competition. McGuire and partner also advanced to the final round and ultimately took second place.
In the legislative program, junior Sean Phillips and sophomore Daniel Reading prepared bills relating to various sections of the Missouri State statutes. These bills were submitted to the main YIG office.
When the legislative participants arrived at the convention, they were split into committees. Each committee was given a certain number of the bills submitted to debate.
Certain bills from each committee hearing were placed on the calendar to be debated by the entire House or Senate. While neither Reading nor Phillips’ bill ended up making it all the way to the House floor for debate, Phillips was recognized for his participation in the debate process.
The media was also represented in this simulation. Sophomore Sierra Smith worked with the print press program to produce several newsletters about the conference as a whole. Smith even had a survey published in one edition.
Sophomore Deana Crosson participated in the video news program where students reported on the goings on of the convention, but instead of being written, these reports were actually aired on a local television station. Crosson and her group were recognized as best newcomer to the video news program.
Sponsors Amanda Dotson Henderson, English Language Arts/Speech and Drama as well as Andrew VanBebber, Social Sciences were very pleased with the students’ work and dedication as well as their representation of their school. They hope to continue the program and possibly increase its popularity in future years.